Staff, 3:20 am
Ethiopia sees the dam as vital to lifting a large segment of its more than 80 million people out of poverty. It also has ambitions to turn itself into “The powerhouse of Africa” by selling energy produced by the project. Successive Egyptian administrations seem to have been caught by surprise by Ethiopia’s determination to implement the GERD. The fact that the project is progressing – and has won the support of many of Egypt’s neighbours to the south – is also seen as an indication of Cairo’s waning influence in Africa.
Staff, 3:08 am
South Africa has shed almost half a million jobs in the first half of the year – with things not looking like they will improve any time soon as the country heads for 0% growth. Employment data released by Stats SA on Thursday showed that South Africa’s unemployment figures dropped slightly from 26.7% to 26.6% – however 129,000 jobs were still lost in the quarter. In the first quarter of the year, 355,000 jobs were lost, taking the total to just under half a million (484,000) with prospects for the second half of 2016 looking bleak.
Staff, 2:45 am
Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. Six years ago Emmanuel Koranteng, 33, gave up his job as an accountant in the US and bought a one-way ticket to Ghana. He now has a successful business growing pineapples in a village one-and-a-half hours away from the capital, Accra. He says that even when he was far away from the farm, it was always in his thoughts.
Staff, 2:27 am
The US$14 billlion Inga 3 power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may be in jeopardy after the World Bank suspended its funding. The bank said that it withdrew its funding on Monday July 25 following disagreements over the “strategic direction” of the project. “This follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the government in 2014,” the bank said in a statement.
Staff, 1:48 am
The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, has called on the Nigerian Government to close 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for their alleged links with a movement his government says was involved in the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey. The ambassador, who made the call when the vice chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Shehu Sani, paid him a courtesy visit, said the Turkish Government had nothing to do with the schools.
Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm
Discover the culinary variety and diverse tastes of Dar es Salaam with celebrity chef Lentswe Bhengu, in the latest edition of Africa on a Plate from The Africa Channel. His quest is to learn about what the people eat, why they eat it, and how it all began. Watch as he digs into street food, visits the fish market, learns about Swahili fusion cuisine, and makes a inspired meal.
Dana Sanchez, 6:33 pm
U.S. entrepreneur John. D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil and became the world’s richest man, revolutionizing the petroleum industry. Now his descendants are spending his money on a disruptive energy technology. “Teaming up a leading independent renewable power developer with a foundation started by members of the family that effectively founded the global oil industry, is a significant moment in the world’s transition to a new power system based on clean energy,” a stakeholder said.
Julia Austin, 2:21 pm AFKI Original
A former member of the South African police force noticed a gap in high-level security for the private sector, and he capitalized on it. Chris Beukes’s TSU Protection Services has grown from a single office in Cape Town to a multinational business in at least 14 countries. Clients have a mobile app as extra protection when trained professionals aren’t at their side. A quick shake of a cell phone alerts TSU to danger, and sends out video surveillance.
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